When riding with a group in a staggered formation, it is best to move into a single file formation when:

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When riding with a group in a staggered formation, it is best to move into a single file formation when:

  1. At a stop light. 
  2. Riding down a freeway. 
  3. Riding in curves.
  4. Never.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

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The answer is: C. Riding in curves.

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Explanation: Group Riding Formations

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

A staggered riding formation is the best way for groups of motorcyclists to stay close to each other while maintaining a safe space cushion. 

The lead rider starts on the left portion of the lane, the next rider stays about a second behind the lead in the right portion of the lane, and the third rider stays about 2 seconds behind the lead rider in the left portion of the lane. This pattern and following distance continues until the end of the group. 

However, the staggered formation is not ideal for all types of maneuvers and riding conditions. 

In certain situations, it will be safer for the group to move into a single-file line to complete the maneuvers. 

Riders should switch from staggered formation to single file in the following situations:

  • When riding in curves and turns. 
  • To enter and exit a freeway.
  • Making turns are intersections. 

Motorcyclists should avoid riding side by side when completing these types of moves. 

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